Yooper In Training
I hope that wasn't directed at me. I'm not sticking up for Dave or the situation. Fact is, even if I wanted to, I don't know enough about what happened to do so logically. But I don't want to....like I said, I'm reserving judgement. I'm simply saying it's not always as cut and dried as straight up drunk driving. I agree with your points, if you're impaired in any way you should not be behind the wheel, period. But legally it's not always that simple. If you consume anything, impairment or not, below the legal limit or not, there's potential to get in trouble. That's the only point I'm trying to make.Simple....don't drink and/or do drugs and drive.
pretty fawking simple to me. one or two beers, sure that's a difference than 5 or 6 in the last 2 hours and then driving. Don't be a fawking wack off and go just because "you're good".
Your word should never win in that argument. You shouldn't even be in that situation where your ability to drive appropriately is in question. If you're not sure, then don't f-u-c-k-i-n-g drive. Is the world going to end if you don't drink? Are you going to die if you don't drink? Is it a matter of national security that have absolutely have to be at this party and drink, and absolutely have to drive yourself? No. The answer is No to all of that. You're a fawking asshole dick-bag that decides to put yourself and others at risk because "you're good".
Now, Dave, will have to live the rest of his life with the consequences of those actions. Regardless of any BS stuff the legal system can do, that pales in comparison for him having that guilt.
Just to play devil's advocate in regards to the grey area of impaired driving, I'm sure there have also been illegitimate cases of charges against individuals too. Again, I'm not trying to justify any of this or state an opinion one way or another. But mistakes happen. Not all cops are good, or even a good cop may have a lapse in judgement. They're human, it happens. Statistically speaking it's pretty much guaranteed that there are people who have been wrongly accused and wrongly convicted of impaired driving based on the way the law is set. The same goes for just about any law really. It's not a perfect system and it's run by even less perfect humans. Did that happen in this case? Doubtful? Does it happen in most cases? Even more doubtful. But it does happen.
Example: Ever miss seeing someone in your blindspot? Or spin out on ice? Or not see someone coming at an intersection? Any one of those could result in an accident. Now what if you had one or two beers in your system? The officer smells it, your driving and impairment comes into question regardless of whether or not that in any way played a role in the situation, and you've gone from an accident victim to a suspect. Simple as that. Sure, in most cases justice will prevail and you'll be on your way. But that's not always the case. When it comes to impaired driving of any kind, consider yourself guilty until proven innocent. We all know the risk of driving drunk, both personally and legally, and we all agree if you choose to do so you're an idiot. But not everyone understands the risk of driving sober after drinking small amounts. I'm just trying to shed some light on that risk. Are you a danger to society and others on the road? Not likely. Are you at higher risk of getting burned by the legal system? Absolutely.